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The '''Presbyterian Church in the United States of America''' ('''PCUSA''') was the first national Presbyterian denomination in the United States, existing from 1789 to 1958. In 1958, the PCUSA merged with the United Presbyterian Church of North America, a denomination with roots in the Seceder and Covenanter traditions of Presbyterianism. The new church was named the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. It was a predecessor to the contemporary Presbyterian Church (USA). The denomination had its origins in colonial times when members of the Church of Scotland and Presbyterians from Ireland first immigrated to America. After the American Revolution, the PCUSA was organized in Philadelphia under the leadership of John Witherspoon to provide national leadership for Presbyterians in the new nation. In 1861, Presbyterians in the Southern United States split from the denomination because of disputes...
Main classificationProtestant
OrientationMainline Protestant|Mainline Reformed
PolityPresbyterian polity
Associations* Plan of Union of 1801|Plan of Union with the Congregational churches of New England (1801–1837)
Founder| founded_date = 1789
Founded placePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
ParentChurch of Scotland and Presbyterian Church in Ireland|Irish Synod of Ulster
Separations* Springfield Presbytery (1803)
Merged intoUnited Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (1958)
Congregations8,351 in 1957
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